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The mere announcement of a lease sale can raise fear and uncertainty, stimulate organized political resistance, encourage land speculation, lead to lawsuits, and result in widespread anger and alienation among citizens who feel that their rights are being violated and their ways of life threatened. Ill Coaslal Alert Commercial Fishing Offshore energy development conflicts with commercial fishing. Oil companies locate oil and gas deposits offshore by using seismic survey boats that tow long strings of sonic equipment behind them.

Audubon magazine reported that one of the most disturbing outward signs of the chronic pollution was exhibited by fiddler crabs. Although those animals were not killed in great numbers at first, many aberrations appeared in II Coastal Alert Water Quality Offshore drilling and production operations generate huge quantities of waste. According to the National Academy of Sciences, drilling a single well produces between 1,500 to 2,000 tons of waste materials. These wastes are not the result of accidents but are the by-products of routine operations.

This is essentially a floating, bargelike hull that supports a drill rig. It is towed or self-propelled to the drill site. The rig has steel legs that are lowered to the seafloor. Elevating devices aboard the structure lift the platform on its legs above the waves. Generally, jack-ups are restricted to shallow water no more than 375 feet deep. Semisubmersible. A floating drill rig, the semisubmersible rides on cigarshaped pontoons. It can be either self-propelled or towed. The rig gains stability by the partial flooding of its pontoons and legs with water.

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